Sander de Wijn
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Netherlands suffered a blow before the crucial India game, with defender Sander de Wijn being ruled out of the tournament after suffering an injury in their cross-over game against Canada on Tuesday.

It’s tough for us to lose an important player. He was an asset,” said Seve van Ass.

De Wijn has been a part of the national team since 2012. The 28-year-old has 128 caps to his name and was also a key player of Netherlands’ 2017 European Championships Gold medal winning team in Amsterdam.

Joep de Mol has been announced as the replacement for the injured de Wijn.

While Netherlands are placed fourth in the current world rankings, India are a rung below in the fifth position.

The last time India and Netherlands faced each in the Champions Trophy earlier this, the match had ended in a 1-1 draw.

The over-all head-to-head record belongs to Netherlands. In the 105 games played between the two sides so far, India have won 33, lost 48 while the rest ended in draws.

However, the two sides have shared the spoils since 2013. India and Netherlands have faced each other nine times since 2013, winning four apiece while one game finished in a draw.